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The real house hunting process is nothing like the TV shows! The TV House hunting process goes as follows: the seller accepting your offer, the inspector finding zero issues during the home inspection (unless your watching Mike Holmes), the closing date is set, the deal closes and you throw a housewarming party all in 30 minutes with commercials. Here are a few suggestions and tips you can use right away in your house hunting process to make it feel quick and painless!
#1 - The #CatFish Trick
Alot of the feedback I get when I'm at an open house is how much smaller the house looks then in the photos. Most people (Re/Max found 80%+ use IPADS when house shopping) so agents (myself included) like to use high-res photos with a fish-eye camera to show more home in the photo (and also to make the home seem bigger). Don't be fooled with good photos!
#2 - The #SwifeLeft Homes
The same goes with buyers who are searching online and don't like the photo's even if the price, area, and features will work. There are sellers and agent's who don't spend much time taking nice photos or photo's show casing the property correctly. Don't be fooled with good photos, but also don't dismiss a property for bad photos!
With all TV Flip-This-House shows you can understand how some Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and stunning photo's can make a house appealing. The feel and charm of a home can be changed with the right paint colour, floor choice, and the proper placing of furniture. Once removed your left with a blank room. A smart home buyer will see the value in this "lip-stick" work and find a good deal. Remember rule #1 and #2.
You won't get the perfect home unless you build it custom. There is always going to be a project or improvement you can do. Overtime it can add up and your DIY can become your Pride and Joy. Here is a great read on DIY you can on your home.